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​Krissy H. Snyder

Founder and Executive Director

Krissy initially launched the idea of Wildflower Cottage for Children after 16+ years directing at another program. During that time, she expanded the preschool program…

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Jordan Savage

Teacher, Preschoolers

Jordan’s work centers around his belief that young children and adults are really quite similar to each other. They both get swept away by the…

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Viola Bestmann

Teacher, Curriculum Specialist

Viola feels continuously inspired by how children discover the world and the people around them with an open heart, a curious mind, and a never…

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Nisa Brooks

Teacher, Preschoolers

Nisa believes that kindness, patience, compassion, and respect are the keys to shaping both children and adults into life-long learners.  She is motivated by the…

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Caton Cobb

Support Teacher, Preschoolers

Caton is from Roxboro, North Carolina. She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Child Development (with a focus in Pre-K/Kindergarten and…

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Lisa Greene

Support Teacher

Lisa was born and raised in North Carolina. Lisa completed her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010.  She also has 20+years of…

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Kelly Walker

Teacher, Middlers

Kelly grew up in the small coastal town of Beaufort, SC. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 with a degree in Child Development…

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Harley Gant

Teacher, Middlers

Harley grew up in the western part of North Carolina—in Taylorsville.  She studied Psychology at Western Carolina University and then decided to move to the Durham/Chapel…

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Elizabeth Goodier

Support Teacher, Middlers

Elizabeth holds a BA in biology and has been teaching for five years. At the Audubon Society, she cared for local ecology as a naturalist,…

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Joselin Vargas Cruz

Support Teacher

Joselin was born and briefly raised in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. She moved to Durham, NC at the age of 9 and has since…

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Kinue Beugre

Sometimes Teacher

Kinue grew up in the small town of Rockingham, North Carolina. She completed a History degree at North Carolina Central University and is now enrolled…

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Shaina Riley

Teacher, Toddlers

​As a life-long learner, Shaina strongly believes that positive experiences in early education will foster a love of continued education. A strong partnership between parent…

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Cindy Yuan

Teacher, Toddlers

Cindy spent her own early childhood in Taipei, Taiwan.  She moved to Chapel Hill, NC when she was ten years old.  Cindy graduated from Mars…

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Catalina Gonzalez

Support Teacher

Catalina was born in Tijuana, Mexico.  She moved to the United States in 1996, spent 9 years in Racine, Wisconsin, and then moved to North…

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Nguyen Tran

Support Teacher

Nguyen enjoys it when she sees children expanding their comfort zones to include more people and adventures into their joyous lives. Nguyen grew up in…

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Barbra Laird

Music Teacher

Barbra is happiest when she is enjoying activities with her husband and three sons. But, running a close second is sitting on the floor with…

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Megan Pender

Creative Consultant

When Megan thinks about Wildflower Cottage, she sees many elements that inspire children to create. She treasures the program’s reverence toward “the hundred languages” of…

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Yannick Williamson

Sometimes Teacher

Yannick has enjoyed working with children throughout life. While he was still in elementary school himself, Yannick was chosen to be a “mentor” to a…

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Lily Villeda

Sometimes Teacher

Lily was born and raised in Honduras. At the age of 16, she moved to Durham with her mother. Lily is now working toward an…

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Larissa Oryshkevich

Sometimes Teacher

Originally hailing from New York City where she earned her Bachelor’s in Dance Education, Larissa opened up a family child care business almost 28 years…

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Lyla Kolman

Sometimes Teacher

Lyla grew up in the Chapel Hill, NC area. As a lover of learning who never felt engaged by “traditional” school settings, she is thrilled…

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Diana Shoaf

Sometimes Teacher

Diana has lived in Durham since 1972, and raised her three children into adulthood here. While they were young, she was active in their classrooms…

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Board of Directors

In order to provide a lasting, community-based school for generations to come, Wildflower Cottage for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. The non-profit status helps us to remain transparent to all stakeholders—parents, teachers, and charitable donors. All can rest assured that funding goes directly toward supporting the program, staff compensation, and our children's education.

Our founding Board of Directors is comprised of local, professional men and women. Each brings a unique perspective and experience to their role: business management, finances, accounting, law, human resources, education, health care, occupational safety, insurance, advertisement, education, real estate, grant-writing, counseling, etc.

VACANCIES

We currently have Middler vacancies in our small, COVID "class families"  (30 months - young 3s).  Please contact us to learn more.

Wildflower Cottage has a flexible, creative approach to providing the safest environment possible for our children, families, and teachers during the pandemic. 

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